To the editor,
I am voting for Gerry Smith for first selectman in Beacon Falls because he promises to prioritize the needs of the community, attacking those most pressing with quick action; he will simultaneously craft and implement a thoughtful, long-term plan to address the less urgent, yet valid, hopes and dreams of the citizens of Beacon Falls.
As a 25-year resident of Beacon Falls, I admit that I have often rued the fact that the town lacks a true library. But the opportunity to remedy this was during the years of a soaring economy, not now. It is pure folly to commit ourselves and future generations to untold debt and ongoing staff and maintenance obligations. I can easily count a dozen Beacon Falls families within our own circle of friends and neighbors that, in the past few years, have been so adversely impacted by the economy that their living arrangements have shifted; foreclosures and eviction notices are a common result of the pink slips from major Valley employers and the dearth of paying customers experienced by so many of our businesses. It seems that each week brings new “for sale” signs in front yards; work vans are no longer needed and are being stripped of their company logos, the owners forced to try to sell them to make ends meet.
On the state and federal level, tax cuts are expiring and new taxes have been added.
Beacon Falls, as part of Region 16, is locked into ongoing tax increases over which we have little to no control. Our town is in dire need of road repairs and critical infrastructure maintenance is long-overdue.
My family lives in Beacon Falls because we value the simple, small town experience it affords. I would love for my children to settle here if they so chose, but I’m afraid that, as in so many quaint towns in Connecticut, they will be priced out of it by well-meaning but short-sighted “improvements.” After all, what is the use of a state of the art, multi-million dollar community center if there is no one left to enjoy (much less pay for) it?
So, in the race for first selectman and selectman, my vote goes to the Smith-Damico team.